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Litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai passes away

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KATHMANDU — Nepali language litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai,, whose contributions to Nepali literature are innumerable, passed away after a prolonged illness in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal, on Tuesday evening. He was 93. He had fallen ill since the demise of his wife Maya Devi on August 27, 2017.

The famed writer was born on February 3, 1927 in Darjeeling. His first literary work ‘Bipana Katipaya’ was published in 1961. Though he finished his first novel ‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ in 1958, it was published only in 1964.

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‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ was recently translated into English by writer Manjushree Thapa. The English translation of the book titled ‘There’s a Carnival Today’ was released in October last year. His last literary work was ‘Sampurak.’

Rai, who was honoured with doctorate degree last year by Tribhuvan University along with Ishwar Bhallav and Bairagi Kaila, added what is called ‘the third dimension’ to Nepali literature.

Rai was bestowed with the Sahitya Academy Award, Jagadambashree Award, among other awards, for his works. His body will be laid to rest on Thursday according to Rai tradition, family sources said.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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